Australia And Sri Lanka Share The Points In Colombo
Australia and Sri Lanka shared the points from their ICC Cricket World Cup Group A encounter in Colombo following heavy rain which caused the match to be abandoned.
Sri Lanka had made their way to 146 for three before the rain settled in at the end of the 33rd over, leaving the ground swamped and chances of any further play impossible.
The no result brought to an end Australia's run of 25 consecutive World Cup victories, although their unbeaten run, which stretches back to 1999, remains intact. This was also the seventh no result in day/night fixtures at the R. Premadesa Stadium in 76 matches although the first involving these two teams.
Australia started the match the stronger, Brett Lee having Upul Tharanga well caught by Steve Smith for six and Shaun Tait inducing Tillakaratne Dilshan to edge to Cameron White at slip for four.
Kumar Sangakkara (73 not out) and Mahela Jayawardene (23) then steadied the innings before Jayawardene's run out, effected by Smith, pegged them back.
On a pitch offering leg-spinner Smith and off-spinner Jason Krejza plenty of turn and bounce, Sangakkara was playing delightfully, stroking seven fours.
Thilan Samaraweera was unbeaten on 34.
Sri Lanka have now won two matches, lost one and suffered a no result in their four games in the tournament so far while Australia went into this match on the back of wins against Zimbabwe and New Zealand.
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